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Grateful Dead Live at Orpheum Theatre on 1976-07-16

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Grateful Dead Live at Orpheum Theatre on 1976-07-16

Topics Live concert

Cold Rain & Snow, Cassidy, Deal, Mama Tried, Row Jimmy, Big River, Brown Eyed Women, Looks Like Rain, Peggy-O, The Music Never Stopped-> Scarlet Begonias Playin' In The Band-> Stronger Than Dirt-> Cosmic Charlie-> Samson & Delilah-> Spanish Jam- > Space-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Playin' In The Band-> Around & Around-> High Time, Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Orpheum Theatre
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Audience Recording: Sony ECM-280 mics > Sony TC-152 from front of balcony
Lineage MAC > DAT > CD and MAC > R > DAT > CD
Taped by Bob Menke
Transferred by


Recorded by Bob Menke using Sony ECM-280 mics > Sony TC-152 from front of balcony; MAC > DAT > CD, except U.S. Blues encore, which is MAC > R > DAT > CD (Menke could not locate his master recording of the encore when this new transfer was done). EAC> WAV> SHN by Sean Cribbs


Reviewer: DTV - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2015
Subject: The day I was born
This was the day I was born, and that is really all i have to say about this massive show other than i was born at exactly 6:04pm central time. Pretty sure I made it just in time.
Reviewer: lilrichwhiteboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2013
Subject: F.O.Balcony AUD? Sounds Like A 20th Row FOB !!!
Jeez... One of the best Playin' > Milkin' I've ever heard. First time they ever sounded like ABB. Very different. And Cosmic Charlie and High Time on top of it all...definitely The Boyz at their jazziest. Wow. With all this Archive accessability, I'm starting to fall in love '76.!!! I don't know how anybody can like anything after '84 after hearing this fabulous stuff? It's beyond me?

So let's get down to why I'm really reviewing this evening. We need to be a little more specific about this AUD guys. The Orpheum is a 2503 seat theater that is about as cozy as cozy can be. You couldn't get a closer 1st balcony seat anywhere in the country. Even with the best shotguns, in any other place this "balcony" recording would have quite a bit of air to it. Just check out 8.19.80 for comparison. THAT Chicago show is a true F.O.Balcony recording. It's probably the average 3000-3500 seat indoor setting. Well, the Orpheum is not your average indoor setting! But...

I was still quite surprised at the fidelity of this puppy when I started fooling with the EQ. Normally, you have to be very careful with the lowest frequencies, or you'll easily distort. I always have to bring them down on AUDs. Here, I brought the sliders wayyy up just for the hellofit...and to my total surprise, the sound held together. I have NEVER done that with an audience recording!

I am giving this beautiful recording five stars just for the sound alone. It's a damn good show, but with the fidelity as good as it is, it really makes this night a special animal. It's everything I look for in audience recordings. Thanks Bob. Damn fine job of capturing The Boyz! And thanks Chenner for directing me to this evening's entertainment. Hey Bob, any fun story about your recording the evening. Love those little war stories. :-)
Reviewer: Werewolf1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2012
Subject: Good Lovin'
Werewolf comes in from the cold, rain and snow; never had much Aud. material. In fact, only one good one! (5.5.77) So it got worn thin... This site has been a saviour and havin' a G.D renaissance. Many, many thanx
Reviewer: LUCY-25 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2012
Subject: Needs eyes
Great dead recording...I just wish Eyes or Jack straw was performed during this show. my favorite eyes is Boston garden 5/7/77, and the playing->stronger->cosmic is amazing and mentally puts me in a trip
Reviewer: Holyguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2010
Subject: Naming
Thanx for the download, I have begun listening and it sounds great. However, I am curious as to why you tracked "Playin'" and "'Turkey" two different ways? This took me an extra 30 minutes to figure out. I then deleted the 17min track.

Also, while we are on the topic of naming...

Does anyone burn CDs anymore?? Could we please name the files thusly;

01 Cold Rain & Snow
02 Cassidy
03 Deal
04 Mama Tried
05 Row Jimmy
06 Big River
07 Brown-Eyed Women
08 Looks Like Rain
09 Peggy-O
10 The Music Never Stopped
11 Scarlet Begonias
12 Playing In The Band--
13 Stronger Than Dirt Or Milkin' The Turkey--
14 Cosmic Charlie--
15 Samson & Delilah--
16 Spanish Jam--
17 Drums--
18 The Wheel--
19s2 Playing In The Band Reprise--
20 Around & Around
21 High Time
22 Sugar Magnolia
23e U.S. Blues

When we name the files as indicated above, then THE NAME of each file is the ACTUAL name of the song!!! Also, we will know the name of each song BEFORE putting them into whatever MP3 players we have!

I honestly cannot believe I am the only one who has ever thought of this, any comments would be gratefuly appreciated. (415) 563-4539, If u call, please leave contact info, so I can respond. Open Source, Sharing and Understanding...
Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2008
Subject: Incredible AUD
The sense of warmth and presence in this recording is's almost criminal to give this away for free. Row Jimmy is just exactly perfect.
Reviewer: Neil Skelton - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2007
Subject: Cosmic Charlie How do you do?
What a great era (1976-77) especially the cosmic charlie's, The Mission in the Rains I mean come on people Dancin-Cosmic-Wheel YeeeeeAAAAHHHHH!

Neil Skelton
Reviewer: pcb47404 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2006
Subject: this is great
i love the dead.. this recording is excellent.
Reviewer: cringle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2006
Subject: Bicentennial Epic
Man - I am diggin the '76! groovy in tripped out jams, and with the last available Cosmic Charlie.

Really good sound quality for an AUD too... and the ambient crowd noise is a plus in my book - really gives you a feel for the show.
Reviewer: Fsaxwas9 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2006
Subject: good Donna vox on this one...
If you like Donna Jean's vocals, here's another reason to check this one out - she's in fine form on this one.

It is a nice AUD recording to have...
Reviewer: watch_ yo _speed -> - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2006
Subject: '76ixties
I really am enjoying this show. What a second set!!!: Playin -> Stronger than Dirt -> Cosmic Charlie -> Samson&Delilah -> Spanish jam ->Drums Whewww!! I'm already worn out, plus a late setII "High Time".Throw in that early setI "Deal" and your definately set up. 5 for the sets and 3 and a halfsy for sound even though half of all you SBD snobs would have probably given anything for an AUD this kickin' in the mid to late '80's, I would have. I've always had a descent copy of the next nites AUD on Cassette but it's finally nice to catch the rest of the undercirrculated shows all together.A Keeper for me. Let's Trade...
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2006
Subject: capt trip
He speaks for me. Had this show for years. SOMETHING makes me go back and listen. I really enjoy it. I love the 2nd set song selection. I never had a lot of 76 in my collection but this has been there and it's tasty.
Reviewer: timblor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2005
Subject: Sweet 76
1976 is an under-rated year, but well-played, if at times a tad slow and tenative. This aud recording is really fun. I am not usually a big fan of AUDs, but the sound is good enough tthat your almost there in the cozy confines of the Orpheum. I keep seeing the jam after PITB listed as "Stronger than Dirt", but the resemblance is vague, at least to my ears. There is some similarity, but the tempo and sound are different enough that I am not sure it qualifies. This is not to say it is a great jam whatever it is.
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2005
Subject: warm and fuzzy
yeah, there is a nice warm and fuzzy feeling to the recording...when the music is playing. otherwise, between songs it is annoying as hell to listen to all the heads screaming out stupid song requests.

the jam to finish scarlet is off the chain...

real nice. '76 is sooooo underrated/overshadowed.
Reviewer: Peters - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2005
Subject: nice
Your right, it feels like your in the crowd at the show, I sure wish I was
Reviewer: captain_trip_420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2005
Subject: Check it out
There is something about this recording..I don't know but I like it..
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